French Studies

Prof. Chuck Villette with his French 312 students, Spring 2015


Did you know...?

Students can study abroad during their sophomore, junior or senior years! Learn more at the Center for Global Education.

French Tutors

We're happy to help with your French studies!
Click here for our Fall 2015 tutoring schedule.

French Cultural Events, Fall 2015

Join us to learn outside the classroom!

La Causerie Française / French Chat

Become more acquainted with the French culture while practicing your language skills with other French students in a relaxed environment. Casual conversation, games, activities, and surprise events. 

7:00-8:30 pm  •  Alternating Mondays (CSB - HAB Lounge) & Tuesdays (SJU - Sexton Fireside Lounge)

French Film Series

Film nights will be held on:

Mondays 9/28 and 11/9 in HAB 107, CSB.
Tuesdays 10/20 and 12/1 in Sexton 200, SJU.
All films start at 7 PM.

Titles to be announced.

Stage Fright!

An open-mic night and costume contest around Halloween. All students are invited to present any piece in any language. Details TBA.

Fine Arts Connection

Join French students for dinner and conversation in French before attending a Fine Arts Programming event.

October 16: "Circque Alfonse"
December 5: "All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914"

Details to be announced.

View our French Program Events calendar.

Spring 2016

Festival Lyrique

TBA: All are welcome to read/sing/perform in French

Celebrating Scholarship & Creativity Day - April, 2016

The Department of Languages and Cultures invites you to attend our students' senior capstone presentations and research.

** Watch for French Club Events! Crepe nights, French Park!, and more...

11 Top Reasons To Take French

  1. Be understood in 43 countries across five continents and by over 200 million people.
  2. Knowing French makes you more competitive in the national and international job market in disciplines like business, medicine, aviation, law, automotive, distribution and luxury goods.
  3. As the third most common language on the Internet, you can connect with pen pals, visit foreign websites and find exchange student opportunities.
  4. You will develop your critical, creative thinking and problem solving skills. French also provides the base for more than 50% of the modern English vocabulary, which can help you perform better on standardized tests.
  5. Open the doors to art, music, fashion, food, architecture and literature.
  6. Learning French helps you learn other Romance languages like Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian.
  7. Enhance your travel experiences while discovering a new appreciation for other cultures in countries like: France, Canada, Switzerland Monaco and many African nations [as well as in the Caribbean, Pacific Islands and Indian Ocean territories].
  8. Use French to pursue studies [or service work] in francophone countries.
  9. French is a soft, melodious, romantic language with a relatively quick learning curve.
  10. Promote language diversity throughout the world.
  11. French is an official working language of the UN, NATO, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, the International Red Cross and much more!

(From American Association of Teachers of French)

French Major Alum

Michael J. K. Brookman, French major '12, spent the Fall 2011 semester at the Collège International de Cannes and returned to Cannes following graduation.  He worked as cultural assistant, a job that allowed him to continue to improve his French fluency. Michael writes: "My goal is to find employment as a translator/interpreter, preferably in Europe. I am of Ghanaian origin but I feel like I live in three worlds because of my experience with languages and the doors it has opened for me."